Deptford senior Juilian Rodriguez swept the hurdles races Friday at the Tri-County Conference Championships at Kingsway, giving him three wins in the two-day conference meet.
After winning the pole vault on Thursday, Rodriguez won both hurdles races on Friday. He recorded PRs in all three events.
In the 400-meter intermediates, he recorded a personal-best 55.72, No. 8 in the state this year and No. 3 in South Jersey, behind Pennsuken sophomore Bryce Tucker, who is N.J. No. 1 at 54.28 from the BCSL meet, and Highland’s Floyd Whitaker, who is No. 2 in the state at 54.85 at the Camden County meet.
Rodriguez’s previous 400IH PR was a 56.15 at the Cherokee Relays earlier this month. Those are the only two major intermediates races he’s run this year. Coming into the season he had a PR of 58.47 from the 2019 South Jersey Relays at Rancocas Valley.
Rodriguez also won the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.05, which is No. 10 in the state this year and tied for No. 2 in South Jersey, behind Woodbury senior Ja’Von Solomon, who ran 14.94 at the Haddonfield Invitational on Thursday night. Eastern junior Aaron Brooks has also run 15.05, last week at the Camden County Championships at Haddon Township.
According to the MileSplit database, Rodriguez had a PR coming in of 16.38 at a Highland freshman meet in April of 2019. Of course, Rodriguez never had a chance to compete last spring, so huge breakthrough days like this are possible.
Rodriguez’s best event may be the pole vault, where he’s No. 5 in the state and No. 1 in South Jersey with a 14-0 clearance at Delsea on Thursday in the field event portion of the Tri-County meet.